10-Pound Challenge: Day 4

Day 4 review:
Starting weight: 147.2, (5'9 tall)   Goal weight: 137.2 by Aug 1  Exercise goal: Intense – 4 days, moderate – 2 days per week
Weight lost in day 3: 144.2 – 3lb lost, 1.6 since day 3!
Exercise?: No workout. oops.
Happy 4th…4th day of July, AND 4th day of the 10lb challenge! 
(Seems fitting, no?)
Little Miss Sassafrass refused to smile. Typical.
I wanted to jump for joy when I stood on the scale this morning…another 1.6lb lost! It's amazing what it feels like to see your hard work paying off. It might only be bit by bit, but it feels good all the same.
However, I'm headed to bed tonight with a bit of a heavy conscience. It's safe to say that I fell off the bandwagon a bit today. I think it was the whole, “it's a holiday” mentality. I tried to make good choices with my food during the day (got a grilled sandwich when we bought lunch), but then fell off the wagon tonight at a friend's BBQ.
I was just plain hungry.
It was a long day in the hot sun, I'm nursing, have been exercising more than I've done in years, and I've been concentrating so hard on my food…I used all those excuses and I just let go tonight. I ate a TON of food! To my credit, I did a good job of sticking with as many fruits and veggies as possible.
But what I feel guilty about is that I ate 2 cupcakes, a bunch of chips, and lots of pasta salad.
Now, any normal person would think, “oh what's the big deal?” But for me, it was the loss of self-control that was hard. I didn't need 2 cupcakes. One would've been perfectly fine. But I went back to my old ways of not making conscious choices, and just going on auto pilot. “Oh that cupcake was GOOOD. I think I'll grab another.”
Another guilty feeling?
I talked Bubba out of exercising tonight. I fought him on it for a while…
“It's a holiday…it's already 11pm…I'm so tired…let's do a break just tonight.”
I was so happy when he caved in. But guess what?  I feel crappy about it! Now it's too late (literally…time for bed) to go back on my decision, so now those calories are just going to sit in my body all night and undo the hard work I've done the last few days.
But I have hope for a few reasons:
  • We all make mistakes. It's never too late to undo them, and one mistake doesn't mean you ruin everything. It's how we recover from those mistakes that matters most.
  • I can't be perfect all the time, so my weight loss will be a result of the month as a WHOLE, and not just one day here and one day there. So I can't let one bad day ruin the process for me; I can still plug forward.
  • I can work out extra hard tomorrow to help make up the difference.
So tomorrow it's back on the wagon! Focusing on my food, and putting extra effort into exercising tomorrow night. Wish me luck on the scale tomorrow morning…
How was YOUR day 4? Leave a comment and share! 
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  1. AvatarCathy says

    I do my 1 hr of walking first thing when I roll out of bed every morning. It gets my day started right. At first I was trying to exercise in the evening….but was too tired. 100 lbs later…..I love it!!…..and have only missed 3 times in the past 18 months. I was passing kidney stones those days and was just too grumpy to walk!!

    Keep up the good work!! When you fall down, brush yourself off and go on. YOU WILL DO THIS!!

  2. Avatarchelsea says

    You NEED to try Blogilates videos. Just google it (blogilates.com), Cassey is incredibly positive and so funny, and her videos are amazing. Best of all they're all FREE!! She has really helpful calendars each month, and a beginner's calendar that you can follow along with. If you ever don't have time for a 1+ hour workout (which, I'm sure you're pretty busy with a bunch of kids), her videos are a great way to get even 10-20 minutes in. I have had so much fun (and so much pain!) with her workouts.

    I would say that although I think it's great you're trying to workout, losing weight is really tough to do with exercise alone. I think a large part of how you feel comes from what you eat. For me personally, that meant switching from being a vegetarian my whole life to being 100% vegan. I have run a few marathons and half marathons and NEVER lost any significant amount of weight (maybe like 3 lbs max) because you need to keep fueling your body to exercise that much! In order to lose weight you need to

    I know that you're all about getting cheap deals and such, but your body needs better food than processed, unnatural stuff. Even if it means spending more money, I think it's worth the sacrifice. I always think about it this way: you're either going to spend money on healthy food, or you're going to spend money on medical bills if you treat your body like crap with a bunch of food that has low nutritional value. That's why I like Blogilates, because she emphases that "abs are made in the kitchen but maintained in the gym!", so it's not just all about exercise.

    Two other things I would recommend is to look into choosemyplate.gov (for tips and education, they have a great section on empty calories), and also MyFitnessPal for keeping track of your food.

    Best of luck. It's not easy, but it's worth it. I'm assuming you want to around for your kids and partner for a long time, so taking responsibility for YOUR health is only way that's going to be possible.

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